July 4th—It’s Up to Us

flagMy ancestors Colonel George Waller, whose son settled in Tennessee, and Private Thomas Martin, whose wife settled in Kentucky after his death, fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. My great-great grandfather Jonathon Scarbrough fought for the Union Army in the Civil War. My father and his two brothers served in World War II.

On this Independence Day, it’s up to us to remember our heritage and how our forefathers fought for freedom. It’s up to us to make sure our children and grandchildren keep the liberty that was given to us.

Remember, we have a summer holiday with hot dogs and fireworks because of this historic document and the men and women who stood for what they believed.

Declaration of Independence

[Adopted in Congress 4 July 1776]

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness….

Read the rest of the Declaration of Independence here on the Internet.

 

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